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Partnerships for Schools shortlisted for Government award

The body behind the £55 billion Building Schools for the Future scheme has been shortlisted for a Government award.

Partnerships for Schools is one of 10 bodies in the running for the Best Government Team, Public Agency or Local Authority Team category in the Public Private Finance Awards 2009.

Although PfS received some criticism from the National Audit Office earlier this year over possible delays and overspending, it has been widely praised for stabilising BSF after a shaky start.

PfS chief executive Tim Byles said: “The PfS team has packed a lot into the last 12 months, which has seen… the introduction of new processes and guidance to make delivery of BSF more effective, timely and cost-efficient.”

Many contractors have called for the body to be given responsibility for the troubled Building Colleges for the Future scheme, currently run by the Learning and Skills Council. But former construction minister Nick Raynsford last week warned the Government against such a move, saying it risked disrupting BSF.